Working Time Directive
The Working Time Directive (WTD) requires that employers limit working hours of staff to work no more than 48 hours/week on average. This is a significant reduction in hours for most doctors and trainees, compared to before the directive’s implementation. The directive is having a considerable impact on both service delivery and training – particularly in the craft specialties such as surgery. Key concerns for the College include difficulty in maintaining continuity of care for patients and receiving appropriate training within shortened hours.
Queries relating to the directive should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.